Jessica Keating

Jessica Keating
Jessica Keating is the program director of the Notre Dame Office of Life and Human Dignity in the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.

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A Devotion to St. Gianna Beretta Molla

Posted by Jessica Keating on Mar 11, 2020 7:30:00 AM

Editorial Note: This post is a part of our saint devotion series, in which one of our staff or faculty members explores their relationship with a particular saint. In honor of International Women's Day, we are highlighting female saints this week.

Saints are often most well known for a luminously singular event in the popular imagination—a radiant moment of faith, hope, or charity. For St. Gianna Beretta Molla this moment is surely her insistence that the life of her unborn child be protected and preserved, even at the cost of her own.

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Topics: communion of saints, prayer, saints, spirituality, devotions, saint devotions

Living a Consistent Life Ethic, Part 2

Posted by Jessica Keating on Oct 10, 2019 9:48:03 AM

An essential part of living a consistent ethic of life is the need to re-humanize the everyday. One might be think, “Re-humanize the everyday?! What we need is the legal protection of the unborn, gun control, the abolition of the death penalty, and sensible, humane immigration legislation!” And one would be exactly right. Our nation desperately needs these sweeping legal changes. Along with this, perhaps even more than this, we need people who live a consistent ethic of life

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Topics: Respect Life Month, L'Arche, Jean Vanier

Living a Consistent Ethic of Life, Part 1

Posted by Jessica Keating on Oct 3, 2019 7:04:00 AM

Throughout the month of October, Catholics celebrate Respect Life Month. As the Body of Christ, we are encouraged to pray and work for the protection of life from conception to natural death. In a culture that is inhospitable to life, that views human beings as disposable, we are called to live out the consistent ethic of life. But what is the “consistent ethic of life?” Quite simply, it means committing oneself to consistently living in ways that uphold the irrevocable worth of every human being. The Church has a long and rich tradition of upholding a consistent ethic of life. The Didache (ca. 2nd century A.D.), for example, describes the Two Ways: the way of life and the way of death. The first commandments of the Way of Life provide Christians with paraenetic, or moral instruction. Christians are called to “give to everyone who asks, without looking for repayment” and are expressly forbidden from committing murder, abortion, and infanticide. These prescriptions are at the heart of Christian life.

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Topics: pro-life, human dignity, Respect Life Month

A Catholic review of "Reversing Roe" on Netflix

Posted by Jessica Keating on Jan 16, 2019 11:08:06 AM

The trailers for the Netflix Original, Reversing Roe, suggest that the documentary casts new light on the contentious legal battle over one of the Supreme Court’s most controversial rulings. Instead, it travels a familiar path and ignores whatever lies outside its predetermined narrative framework. The film details much of the legal history since the Court’s 1973 sister decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton; however, over the course of the 99-minute documentary, neither decision is ever actually articulated in its entirety. The film also doesn’t deal with the heart of the legal battle, which is whether or not the preborn fetus is a human being and what society’s responsibilities are to both the preborn and the mother.

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Topics: pro-life, movie review

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